Luther College names new dean for institutional equity and inclusion

Luther College President Paula J. Carlson has announced the appointment of Lisa M. Scott as interim dean for institutional equity and inclusion. Scott will begin her service at Luther Aug. 7.

"We are thrilled that such an accomplished student affairs and diversity administrator will be joining the Luther family this year," said President Carlson. "Our mission statement calls us, 'as people of all backgrounds,' to high aspirations for our life together in this community. I am excited for Ms. Scott to work with students, faculty, staff and the Decorah community to promote a culture of inclusion on campus and to advance us toward our goals of becoming an evermore diverse and welcoming community."

Scott will serve as the first dean for institutional equity and inclusion at the college, a re-visioning of the former position of executive director of the Diversity Center. As a member of the senior administrative leadership team, Scott will provide key leadership and a strong voice on issues of diversity, equity and inclusion across the college.

"I look forward to working with the Luther community to design ways to build on the work of Dr. Sheila Radford-Hill, the Diversity Council and others, to further create and sustain the environmental and institutional infrastructure toward the goal of inclusive excellence," said Scott.

For the past four years, Scott has served as vice president of student engagement and success at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania. At the university, she designed and expanded the co-curricular and social programing for a new requirement for all students who live on campus and was responsible for the complete overhaul of the Title IX process and procedure. She also led a new campus-wide diversity series featuring student-designed events with faculty involvement.

Prior to her appointment as vice president, Scott served as special assistant to the president-chief diversity officer, assistant provost for student engagement and success, and special assistant to the president-diversity and inclusion chief diversity officer at Susquehanna.

From 1999-2001, Scott served as the director of multicultural affairs at Roger Williams University in Bristol Rhode Island, and as the program director of Everywoman's Center at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst from 1993-99. She also worked as the director of recruitment and retention for Springfield Technical Community College in Springfield Massachusetts from 1991-93.

Scott holds bachelor's and master's degrees from Cambridge College, and is working to complete Ph.D. studies at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Her research concerns diversity of senior administrators at predominantly white institutions.

At Luther, Scott will be responsible for leading and assessing initiatives to enhance diversity on campus; developing strategies to ensure the college is a diverse and welcoming community; coordinating with leadership across campus to enhance diversity and equity as a means of academic excellence; serving as an advocate for students, faculty and staff from historically underrepresented groups; and working with the college and Decorah communities to enhance the academic and social climate for students and employees.

She will also oversee the college's Diversity Center and serve as a member of the college-wide Diversity Council.

A national liberal arts college with an enrollment of 2,150, Luther offers an academic curriculum that leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree in 60 majors and pre-professional programs. For more information about Luther visit the college's website: